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‘African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals’, A Virtual Talk with Author David Hackett Fischer
On Thursday September 8, 2022 at 5:30pm, the Newport Historical Society will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Hackett Fischer for a Zoom chat about his new book African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals. In this sweeping, foundational work, Fischer draws on extensive research to show how enslaved Africans and their descendants enlarged American ideas of freedom in varying ways in different regions of the early United States. African Founders explores the little-known history of how enslaved people from…Find out more »
The Newport Historical Society will offer an in-person lecture on Wednesday September 14, 2022 at 5:30pm with author Christian McBurney. He will discuss his new book Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade. Based primarily on a little-known primary source penned by a Newport captain’s clerk, The Journal of the Good Ship Marlborough, McBurney will chronicle the remarkable voyage by this Rhode Island privateer to Africa with the goal of advancing the cause of America’s War…Find out more »
Virtual Lecture: “Whitehall as Architectural and Cultural Icon” with Architectural Historian John R. Tschirch
Presented by partnership with the Colonial Dames of Rhode Island and the Newport Historical Society Today, George Berkley’s Whitehall, located in Middletown, RI, is a house museum operated by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of Rhode Island (NSCDRI). The historic site has rich historical and aesthetic associations through the ages. On Thursday September 15, 2022 at 6:30pm, the Newport Historical Society, in partnership with the NSCDRI will host the virtual talk Whitehall as Architectural and Cultural Icon presented…Find out more »
Save the date! On Thursday September 29, 2022 at 5:30pm the Newport Historical Society will host Mike Franco for the Zoom talk “Newport and Its Cottages Then and Now”. This virtual event will survey 45 Newport homes featured by architect George Champlin Mason (1820-1894) in his book Newport and its Cottages. The book “Newport and Its Cottages” is a wonderful time capsule of Newport architecture circa 1875 – just as the Gilded Age was taking off. In Mason’s preface, he…Find out more »
Lecture: In the Blood, the Essence of Stars – Herbal Remedies, Magic and Science in 17th Century New England
In the Fall of 2021, downtown Newport was abuzz with the filming of Hocus Pocus 2. Washington Square was transformed into a 1990s film set and photos of three witches from 17th century Salem, MA (who were then in Newport) were flying around social media. While the film is entirely fictitious, elements were drawn from history which leads one to wonder about the relationship between herbalism and witchcraft in 17th century New England. On Thursday October 13, 2022 at 5:30pm,…Find out more »